Civic duty? This, coming from from these people? Ha ha! The very fact they said this shows they couldn't produce a convincing reason why the ISPs should co-operate. If they want to talk about civic duty, what about the Cartel's civic duty to respect the social contract implicit in the original copyright laws, instead of moving the goal posts to constantly extend their own privileges and leaving the consumer on the losing end, and having no say in the process?
But perhaps the ISPs should agree to charging more, and also demand compensation from the Cartel for the loss of business and reputation this would entail; say, 200% over the consumer increase in price, per customer per annum, which can be gifted to all their customers.
I believe that current copyright laws are what some call 'illegal laws' (supposedly an oxymoron, but possible nonetheless), because they are certainly immoral. ISPs should never consider themselves under any sort of obligation to aid, facilitate or assist the Cartel in anything whatsoever (any more than they should assist any other thief), and certainly not in helping the Cartel against the public and against their own interests. What would the ISPs get for looking after Cartel interests? Zip, except a big loss of business. ISPs in countries where they have cooperated with the Cartel against their own customers should be ashamed of themselves.
I'm all in favor of the rule of law, but law must be equitable; if a law favors the privileged, it's an obscenity. The Cartel has seen to it that the copyright laws have been changed so they are not equitable at all, but are exclusively in their favor. They now con and trick governments and populations that the file sharers are the villains, demanding disproportionate punishments (huge fines and prison time) for minor offenses, which shouldn't be illegal in the first place.